Our Communities, Our Stories

Our Communities, Our Stories

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In recent months we have seen more than 150 regional and community newspapers cease printing. This is on top of the 106 local and regional papers that closed over the previous decade.

Many of those papers are more than a century old. Many may never reopen.

It shouldn’t be this way. The stories of regional and rural Australia are important: our stories matter.

The UTS Centre for Media Transition says:

“Regional media fulfils functions beyond the simple provision of information: it is often a focal point for community connection, cohesion and education.”

In other words, the local paper is ...

In recent months we have seen more than 150 regional and community newspapers cease printing. This is on top of the 106 local and regional papers that closed over the previous decade.

Many of those papers are more than a century old. Many may never reopen.

It shouldn’t be this way. The stories of regional and rural Australia are important: our stories matter.

The UTS Centre for Media Transition says:

“Regional media fulfils functions beyond the simple provision of information: it is often a focal point for community connection, cohesion and education.”

In other words, the local paper is the heartbeat of the community. It provides local news that the big cities can’t and/or won’t provide.

While the Government has announced a $50 million Public Interest News Gathering (PING) program to support regional journalism, more needs to be done.

 

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